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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Oct 15, 2011 1:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deadheads

No offense to the fine folks here, but I don't think I'd WANT to be considered a Deadhead :) I don't want to be associated with that image.

To me it's much more enjoyable when I meet someone who(m?)I'd never expect to be a Dead fan, then we find we both love 72-24, think Mickey should have never rejoined the band, and think drums/space would have been more enjoyable if played, say, every 40 or shows (you know, great for a breakout!).

I adore a lot of the music, but am not drawn to the scene at all. I've never taken any illegal substances (although acid seems like it could be a hell of a lot of fun), and believe the aisles should be left clear at shows so I don't have to fight my way to the bathroom!

The most enjoyable conversations I've had have been at DSO shows. The lack of tie-dye was refreshing, and it was confirmed that a lot of people share my distaste for drums/space.

Wow, I just said a lot w/o saying anything at all eh?

Oh, and for the record, I match 5 or 6 of the things Uncle John posted :)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 15, 2011 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Deadheads

But, well, what's the "Deadhead image"? I guess I figure different folks have different images, and these days, they're not mostly negative. I think it's just kinda funny if I'm called a Deadhead. Of course, I also don't think that anyone somehow misses the fact that I'm a mom and a reasonably professional grownup and all ... it's just like if someone jokingly calls me an "old hippie," I know they don't really mean that my name is Moonbeam and I haven't washed since the last Rainbow Gathering because I'm waiting for the crystals to cleanse me. (And hopefully they don't mean REALLY old, either!)

Or maybe it's just that when I've gotten Deadhead comments/jokes, it's been from folks who aren't negative and stereotyping; they might not be into the Dead and might not care for Moonbeam the Unwashed, but they also haven't lived their lives as blinkered denizens of Planet Plastic. So it's not like they mean it without any sense of complexity or humor -- it's not pigeonholing or disdainful, and I don't feel somehow reduced by it. I guess it depends on context.

And anyway, people can know me for years without having the Dead come up at all, amazingly enough :-)

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-10-15 11:52:30